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'''Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell''', ''née'' '''Stevenson''' (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as '''Mrs Gaskell''', was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social history|social historians as well as lovers of literature.[http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/24/4/158.pdf "Children in Early Victorian England: Infant Feeding in Literature and Society 1837–1857." Tropical Pediatrics and Environmental Child Health August 1978] Gaskell was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte, ''The Life of Charlotte Bronte'', which was published in 1857.
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Pseudonym| birth_name = Elizabeth Stevenson
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Birth placeChelsea, London, England
Death date{{death date and age|1865|11|12|1810|09|29|df=yes}}
Death placeHolybourne, Hampshire, England
OccupationNovelist
NationalityBritish
Period1848–65
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